Pole Position on the first round of the presidential election

Łukasz Warzecha (“Do Rzeczy”) and Aleksandra Rybińska (“Sieci”) comment on the outcome of the first round of the Polish presidential election. Is the glass half-full or half-empty for the incumbent President Andrzej Duda? Can the challenger, Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski, unite the opposition vote?

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It's ‘half-time’ in the presidential election and only two candidates will now appear in the decider on 12 July: President Andrzej Duda and Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski. President Andrzej Duda has managed to poll 43 percent in the first round and Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski who is standing for the largest opposition party, the Civic Platform (PO), 30 percent.

That second round is shaping up to be a plebiscite on the ruling party and the president it supports. Both the remaining candidates will now compete for votes cast for other candidates in the first round. Such as the independent TV presenter Szymon Hołownia polled 14 percent and the radical right Krzysztof Bosak 7 percent. Opinion polling on the second round of polling shows it being a close race, despite the President’s first round victory. One poll showed the President winning 51 to 49 percent, well within the margin of error.